Instant community: image making in new suburbs

Kidd, Nita. (2004). Instant community: image making in new suburbs B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

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Author Kidd, Nita.
Thesis Title Instant community: image making in new suburbs
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor Jo Besley
Greg Bamford
Total pages 67
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Abstract/Summary This thesis examines the promotion of community by developers in new suburban developments in Australia, illustrated via a case study of a Sydney development, Newbury Estate. Throughout the thesis, the term community is examined as a concept in itself. ‘Community’ is a word with varied meaning, that can be equally used to describe the residents of a location or to describe their interaction with one another. Also, community can be either place based or interest based. This thesis deals primarily with place-based community. Regardless of the context in which it is used, community is always perceived as positive, which may explain the concept’s appeal to developers. A number of theories relating to community ideology are studied. New Urbanism is a planning movement that promotes place-based community using the urban fabric as a tool, with the ideal community model based on the traditional American small town. Sennett (1971) proposes that the idea of community in the modern world is based on fear and exclusion. Sennett (1971), Aitken (1998) and Gwynther (2003) argue that perceiving community in this manner is ultimately damaging to society as a whole as it entrenches socio-economic differences into the built environment. An image-making analysis is used to examine the promotion of community at Newbury Estate. The image-making analysis involves taking a cultural reading from a variety of media and architectural material relating to the Estate. Through this analysis, links to concepts like Sennett’s myth of community become more apparent. The homogeneity of the built fabric, clearly defined target demographic, differentiation from surrounding developments and use of keywords such as ‘exclusive’ and ‘protection’ all suggest that securing social status is an important feature to the Estate. However, only a detailed case study of residents could ultimately determine whether the claims to community made by the image-making material had any genuine grounding.
Keyword Suburban development
Sydney -- Australia

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